Canyon Lake Kids Club founders retire from club


Canyon Lake Kids Club leaders Nickey Frakes and Dayna Cascario attended their last Kids Club graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 25. After almost six years of running the club, the pair are retiring.

Nickey and Dayna are two of the five original grandmothers who formed the Kids Club back in  2011 after the YMCA canceled its Kids Club due to lack of funding. The Canyon Lake Kids Club became a sanctioned club on that same year on September 6.

Although the pair have enjoyed their time running the Kids Club, the women felt it was time to retire now that Nickey’s grandchildren are grown and Dayna’s grandchildren recently graduated from the club.

“My grandchildren, ages five and eight, are now grown and it’s time to pass the leadership on to someone new,’ said Nickey. “I plan to enjoy retirement, travel and spend time with my grandkids.”

The new leader of the club is Sheryl Johnson. Sheryl will have the help of other women who have kids or grandkids in the club.

Cara Garcia expressed her gratitude for the club. “When my daughter Juliana was diagnosed with Wilms’ Tumor on her kidney, the club sent cards and donated toys and gift cards to our family,” she said.

Eleven children received diplomas at the recent graduation held at Holiday Harbor Park. The kids will be moving on to either transitional kindergarten or kindergarten. Lunch and playtime followed the graduation ceremony.

The Kids Club meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Sunset Beach Room at the lodge for a morning of crafts, music, exercise, games, sports and a snack. The cost is $2 per session per child. Those who purchase a 10-class punch card  will receive two classes free. Fall classes will begin in either August or September.

For more information about the Canyon Lake Kids Club, visit the club’s  Facebook page at



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